Education and the development of tomorrow’s workforce take center stage in a program set for the afternoon and early evening of April 23.

“The Human Capital Factor: Our Greatest Asset” will be presented by the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It will feature perspectives from employers, civic leaders and educators, including several area school superintendents.

The event will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive.

The program will have two parts.

The business portion of the program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will take on the future of in-school career preparation and the changing budget outlook for schools. A second panel will discuss the current state of alternative education for the workforce. Craig Cheslog, principal adviser to the state superintendent of public instruction at the California Department of Education, will give the keynote speech.

The cost to attend the business forum in the afternoon is $30 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Tickets at the door cost $50. Ticket and program information is available at

A community portion of the program runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a screening of the film “Won’t Back Down,” as well as a panel discussion. The evening portion of the program is free.

— SDBJ Staff Report